Book Haul // The Dollar Tree #2

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Ok, I have a confession to make.

The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite stores. No joke. If you don’t believe me just keep following my blog and track the number of Dollar Tree book hauls that show up.

This time I found a couple of reference books, a book from an author that is quickly becoming a new favorite, and a new, interesting book from an unknown author.

Shadow’s Curse by Alexa Egan

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Drink This, Not That!: The No Diet Weight Loss Solution by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

The fastest way to lose weight isn’t on the treadmill. And it’s not by counting calories, either. Believe it or not, the easiest, fastest, and longest lasting way to lose weight doesn’t even involve watching your food intake: It’s all about watching what you drink.

See, if you’re like the average American, today you will drink about 450 calories. That’s a quarter of the calories you’re supposed to eat in an entire day—and then, of course, you’ll eat plenty of calories, too!

But now there’s Drink This, Not That!, the breakthrough new book from the editors of Eat This, Not That! New research reveals that it’s not just our food that’s making America fat—it’s the beverages we wash it all down with. But you can strip away calories and fat—up to 23 pounds this year alone—simply by changing your choices of drinks (and still eating all your favorite foods)!

Did you know:
*One bottle of Sunkist orange drink has more sugar than four packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
*A large Grape Expectations II Smoothie from Smoothie King has more sugar than 13 Twinkies!
*If you turn your large latte into a large cappuccino, you could lose more than 9 pounds this year!
*A White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has more than 20 times as many calories as their regular coffee!

With this illustrated guide to hundreds of drink options—and eye-opening nutrition secrets for fast and permanent weight loss—you’ll make the smartest choices for you and your family, every time.

Additional features in Drink This, Not That! include:
• The 20 Worst Drinks in America
• The Truth About Bottled Water
• The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
• The Anatomy of America’s Most Popular Beverages
• Energy Drinks: Energy or Enemy?
• The Ultimate Smoothie Selector
• And more!

Just Green It! by Ron Beres and Lisa Beres

Going Green has never been so easy!

The array of so-called “green” products on the market is dizzying and often misleading. Consumers need one reference book that clearly lays out what is the better choice—between brands, benefits, and costs. Just Green It! compares brand-name products, making it easy for consumers to make environmentally friendly choices on everything from light bulbs to mattresses to baby food. It tells you which products are the best for the planet and also healthy for you, your kids, your home, and your budget. For the average consumer, this means clarity of green definitions and product comparisons that are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Authors Ron and Lisa Beres debunk the “greenwashing” that is so prevalent in modern marketing and teach readers how to know the difference between such confusing terms as “natural,” “organic,” “chemical free,” and “nontoxic.”

Full of surprising facts and lots of ways to save money and help the environment, this is an essential book for the modern age. Did you know that …
The Great Wall of China and the Staten Island Landfill—Fresh Kills—are the only two manmade structures on Earth that are large enough to be seen from outer space.
It is a higher carbon footprint to drink imported vodka?
The phosphoric acid in soda leaches calcium from our bones and can lead to osteoporosis?

The Green Movement is concerned about the effects of our collective carbon footprint on the planet. A “green home” is one that does not endanger the planet’s health. The Beres, on the other hand, are concerned with how our footprint is endangering the health and well being of each individual.

A guidebook for navigating the oversaturated Green marketplace, Just Green It! is a must have for today’s tough economy.

Broken Harbor by Tana French

The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.

At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.

And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

I’ve not read the first book in the series with Shadow’s Curse, so one of the things I’ll be looking at is how well it stands on it’s own. Speaking of series, I’ve read the first book in Tana French’s series of Dublin Murder Squad, so I’m looking forward to skipping ahead to this fourth book. The other two I’ve flipped through a bit already, and while a person doesn’t really read through books of this nature, I will endeavour to do a more in-depth reading of both of them.

Keep reading little book worms!

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Book Haul // Thrift Stores

A little more than awhile ago I went thrifting with my mother. I was looking for one specific non-book item. But if you’re a book lover like me, you’ll find interesting books even if you weren’t on the look out.

These descriptions got a little long…read them under the cut.

Keep reading little book worms!

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Book Haul // The Dollar Tree

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Every so often I pop into my local Dollar Tree to see what new and interesting things they have for sale. And every so often I end up buying more books to add to my never ending list of ‘to read’ books. This is what I found on my last trip:

Pay Me In Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law #1) by K. Bennett

Hungry For Justice-And Brains

Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She’s not like those “Living Dead” losers you see in the movies. She doesn’t slobber, drool, or lurch-she’s smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she’s a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl’s got to eat. When Mallory’s not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she’s in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, until some psycho starts hunting zombie after zombie…

The Defense Never Rests-In Peace

The undead are decapitated, a letter “Z” carved in their flesh. Mallory doesn’t want to lose her head, but she’s worried. Like a lot of lawyers in L.A., she doesn’t have a soul-a side effect of being a zombie, not a defense attorney. If Mallory dies before she gets her soul back, she goes straight to hell. No appeals. Objection overruled. If the killer isn’t stopped, it’s case closed for zombies everywhere. But Mallory is an undying champion of justice. And she won’t go down-without a bite

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration. With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows us how we can live more fully through understanding the world of spirits. Including eerily accurate readings, the author’s development as a medium, and detailed how-to information, Ghosts Among Us is an all-encompassing guide to the supernatural.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

1786, Jerusalem College Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth to investigate.

Its a very supernatural themed haul this time, but then, that’s what I lean towards when I’m reading for pleasure (I’ve also been watching quite a bit of Supernatural on Netflix, but that just might be a coincidence).

Keep reading little book worms!

Disclaimer: All books were purchased by myself, for myself, with my personal piggy bank. Hyperlinked book titles all open into new windows to the appropriate Goodreads book page. Supernatural opens in a new window to IMDB, and Neflix opens in a new window to the company website. I am not affiliated with The Dollar Tree in any way. I am not affiliated with IMDB, however I do have accounts on both Goodreads and Netflix. I do not earn any royalties or affiliate earnings if you click on any of the links in this post.